By Beatrice Geisser
Twenty Order members from Germany and Switzerland gathered May 29 to June I at the Meditation Center House Tao in Switzerland. In an atmosphere of friendship and with commitment to establish a good fundament for the growing Order, we enjoyed our time with sitting meditation, group sharing, walking through the beautiful countryside, and cooking and eating together. One of the highlights was the Ordination Ceremony for Paul Koeppler, conducted together with the Order members by Dharmacharyas Marcel Geisser and Karl Schmied.
Several committees were organized to support the Dharmacharyas when there are decisions to be made; clarify the process of entering the Order (to be published in the revised edition of Interbeing); manage the financial part of the German-speaking Order; and plan the next annual Order meeting and retreat, to be held March 2-8, 1998, at Waldhaus am Laachersee, Germany. We will offer one day for aspirants to join us and get to know one another.
Marcel Geisser resigned after five years of editing InterSein (the German-language sister of The Mindfulness Bell) and passed on this work to a team in Munich, supervised by Karl Schmied. An important topic for many of us is finding ways to foster an atmosphere of openness that includes not only the successful and bright side of the practice but also our diffic ulties and struggles, so we can grow authentically as individuals and as an Order. Our newsletter InterSein should reflect this need. In this regard, we also appreciate the newsletter Compost.
Beatrice Geisser, True Mindfulness of Realization, practices at HauS Tao ill Wolfhalden. Switzerland, with her husband Marcel.